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Two new Apple iMacs have been spotted in macOS 11.3

This year's Apple iMacs are said to look like the Pro Display XDR, pictured. (Image source: Apple)
This year's Apple iMacs are said to look like the Pro Display XDR, pictured. (Image source: Apple)
The fifth beta version of macOS 11.3 supposedly contains hints about the direction of the iMac, Apple's all-in-one desktop computer series. So far, references to two new iMacs have been found, both presumably running Apple Silicon ARM SoCs. Other exciting upgrades are due this year too, including a redesign for the series.

9to5Mac has found references to two new iMac models in the fifth beta of macOS 11.3, which Apple released to developers yesterday. According to the website, the latest beta contains the model numbers 'iMac21,1' and 'iMac21,2'. Last year, Apple released the iMac20,1 and iMac20,2, which succeeded the iMac19,1 and 19,2 that the company brought to market in 2019.

While the iMac20,1 and iMac20,2 are both 27-inch models, there is no indication that Apple has stuck with the same convention for the iMac21,1 and iMac21,2. The iMac19,2 has a 21.5-inch display, for example, as do the iMac16,2 and iMac18,2. The latest macOS 11.3 beta does not reveal any other details about Apple's next iMacs, but it does suggest that the company is readying itself to release new models.

According to Bloomberg, Apple has developed two iMacs that it refers to internally as the J456 and J457. Both are expected to feature a redesign, making them look more like the Pro Display XDR than recent iMacs. It is unclear if Apple plans to release 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs this year, but it recently discontinued some 21.5-inch iMac configurations from its website. All in all, it seems inevitable that Apple will release ARM-powered iMacs this year as it continues its transition from Intel processors.


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Alex Alderson, 2021-03-24 (Update: 2021-03-24)